Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
After following the instructions to remove the gear panel(and have a fag)I now have a working front cigarette lighter 'light'.
The removel was as you said, but there are four clips. Two at the bottom and two at the side half way up.Position the gear stick in neutral and lifting slowly to release the clips. Then when the panel is nearly at 45 degress pull slightly down to release the top of the panel from the crome trim at the top.
Locate the cigarette lighter and remove the small black plastic light deflector. Pull out theh bulb holder and remove the 1.2w clear push in bulb and replace with new one(99p)re assembly is in reverse.